Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Tour: 53 Letters for My Lover by Leylah Attar

This is not your typical love story.
It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed.
Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad.
Bad becomes very, very good.

Shayda Hijazi—the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect daughter. For thirty-three years, she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing her heart has always been denied: Love.

Troy Heathgate—untamed, exhilarating, dangerous—a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.

Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again.

Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.

"Sexy, intense fiction isn't afraid to step out of the box."

Contemporary women's fiction: Ages 18+
It always leaves me feeling so conflicted when I read a book about cheating and actually like it. What does that say about me that I enjoyed reading about the pain and betrayal that comes from someone stepping out on their partner? Because there is no way in hell that I would EVER in real life condone having an affair!

I think what it all comes down to is the writing. If the author is truly good at his or her craft, they can make you read and love an instruction manual! And that is exactly why I loved 53 Letters for My Lover so much. Leylah Atter is an author who has that magical way of writing words down that create a story that will pull you in and leave you wanting more. She makes you understand the why's and how could you's that come with this type of storyline.

Shayda would have been an easy character to dislike. She is after all cheating on her husband. But there is so much more to her story than what appears on the surface. You have to be willing to look deeper to understand why she would do it. And if are willing to do that, then you will be able to better understand the reasoning behind the decisions that were made.

And I loved the ending! It was nice to see things tied up for ALL the characters involved. It made it easier to walk away from the book a satisfied reader. And make sure you read From His Lips, a short novella told from Troy's POV. It added that extra something to the story and made me view a few scenes in a different light.
The doorbell rings. Repeatedly. Followed by loud thumping on the door.
“Coming, coming! Now what did you what forget?” I swing the door open.
My heart screeches to a slamming halt. “Troy.” I turn pale. “ shouldn’t be here.”
“No?” He storms past me into the house. “Where should I be, Shayda? Waiting by the phone? Staking out your office? Checking my email? Where the fuck, Shayda?” His fist slams into the console table, so ‘fuck’ is an obscure, jarring thud, like some censored song on the radio.
“I changed my mind.”
“You changed your mind. Just like that?” He starts pacing the hallway. “And when were you were planning to tell me exactly? When, Shayda?”
“I made a mistake.” My voice quivers. “I got caught up in the moment. We were alone, we were away. It was all an illusion.”
“An illusion?” He pulls me hard against him. Our bodies collide, knocking the breath out of me. “Is this an illusion?”
His lips assault mine.
“And this?” His hand slides under my dress, claiming my thigh.
“What about this, Shayda?” He pushes my panties aside and slides two fingers inside.
“Tell me, Shayda. Tell me this is all in my head.” He shoves me against the door and deepens his strokes. “Tell me this is nothing.” He rubs his fingers on my neck, leaving the unmistakable trail of my reaction.
“This is you, Shayda.” His finger slips inside my mouth. “Your taste, your smell, your skin, your touch.” He grabs me by the hair and pulls my head back. “Tell me you’re not real, Shayda. Tell me!”
I feel the gathump gathump of his heart. Our breath comes in short, shallow gasps. His eyes darken, black holes pushing sky blue irises to the edges of raw emotion. Hunger. Anger. Love. Pain.
 53 Letters for My Lover is on sale until 11/8 for only $.99!
53 Letters for Your Lover has a companion novella in Troy’s POV titled From His Lips. it MUST be read AFTER 53 Letters for My Lover!
Amazon: From His Lips: A 53 Letters Short Story (#1.5)

Leylah Attar writes stories about love - shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she's not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.


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